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Old 06-20-2010, 01:50 AM   #1
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Is this a venous leak? What's going on?

I'm 27. My ability to maintain an erection has been deteriorating over the past 4 months. I can only maintain it with constant stimulation, and it gets to about 70% hardness at best, mainly only when nearing orgasm. I also have a mild ache in my penis following ejaculation, especially towards the tip. I saw my primary, who suggested a battery of tests. I am an exceptionally healthy human otherwise - no STDs, no diabetes, no UTIs, and I exercise. I got a prostate exam which showed very mild swelling but produced no conclusive evidence of infection. My doctor prescribed antibiotics just in case, but they have not solved the problem.

Another weird thing: I'll have a day or two where I can't get an erection at all, and then the following day it will work at about 60%-70% again.

My primary says it will be two months before I am able to see a urologist, and he was reluctant to speculate about my condition. He also keeps implying that the problem may be psychological, which I of course know it is not since my morning wood is also not as firm as it used to be. This problem has already helped cost me my last relationship. Given everything I've read, I'm pretty worried that I have a venous leak, which seems like a seriously bad-news condition. So maybe the folks around here can tell me:

a) Are there other possibilities as to what I could have?
b) Any chance this might go away on its own?
c) Assuming I am diagnosed with a venous leak, what are my options? Technically I can have sex, but I honestly don't really feel very sexy when I do (since I began having sex before this all occurred) and I need lots of help with penetration.

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Old 07-23-2010, 04:31 AM   #2
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Re: Is this a venous leak? What's going on?

After reading your post I thought of some issues that you did not cover. Around the time when the ED started did you begin taking any medications, either prescribed or OTC, change medications, change diet, start taking "power drinks" or other stuff now being advertised for muscle enhancement, hurt yourself around the groin area - even something you considered minor at the time, move to another location, change jobs or had some form of bad employment related or social experience. Did you want to break off that relationship? It seems strange that a woman would walk out on someone she loves just because of 4 months of ED problems. Women are usually pretty understanding about those issues.

I'm no expert on this subject but I do know that, absent any physical disabilities - which you do not appear to have - sex is all in the head. Just a passing thought of something you forgot to do can ruin an erection and a lot of things have to come together to keep the male process going often enough and long enough to have a satisfying sex life. Also, consider other factors in your life - the death or illness of a relative or close friend or the general lousy state of the economy if your job may be on the line. Depression that you might not recognize (or ignore) can also cause ED problems and so can the drugs used to treat it. Don't sit around waiting for a urologist to give you an answer. You'll probably come out clean anyway. He can force you to get an erection with drugs and determine how long it lasts. If you can physically perform, that's it. You will be back into psychology again.

Be kind to yourself and don't push yourself into performance anxiety by trying and failing on a daily basis. Give your body enough time to perform on its own. Your Testosterone and Semen production continue on their own without your help to the point where you can't stop a spontaneous ejaculation. Wait until just before that happens and then try masturbating again. If that works your self-esteem may begin to increase to the point where you can increase the frequency.

All of the above is purely layman's advice given without any research other than my own practical experience.

Good luck.

Old 08-05-2010, 12:33 PM   #3
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Re: What's going on? Is this what a venous leak feels like?


I am very sorry to hear about your condition.

I am also a young person (29) who has developed some serious ED issues during the couple past years.

Venous leak can be a very difficult diagnosis to make, even by experts. I had a cavernosogram done in may which showed no venous leak but in july a Doppler ultrasound showed moderate leakage.

It's not my intention to scare you. But organic ED at young age in a lot of cases is actually due to venous leakage. Arterial insufficiency or nerve issues are very unlikely.

In my case the injection for the Doppler examination made my ED a little worse. Probably due to fibrosis. I personally would not recommend shots for ED, as they can result in corporal fibrosis.

So what i would advise you first: ask your doc to try Cialis, Levitra or Viagra. I would only have an examination (which always has risks involved) done when these don't work.

I can still have an erection which is just good enough for sex with the highest doses of these drugs. They are completely safe. So there are really worth a try.

Good luck

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Old 09-14-2010, 09:34 AM   #4
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Re: What's going on? Is this what a venous leak feels like?

Hi Grit,

I only just found this forum and I have joined up just to let people know what I have experienced, as it might give them some hope.
I will post the longer version of the story later today, but the shortened version is this:

Undiagnosed ED from age 17 - 20, then diagnosed as venous leak.
2 unsuccessful operations between the ages of 20 and 25, plus lots of relationship problems....

This year, in the last month, I have tried type of **** ring which allows you to tighten it yourself, which allows me to keep it slack to enable me to get an erection, then tighten it to stop the blood escaping...

I will into more detail in a longer post, but it is worth thinking about and trying before having lots of invasive surgery.

Good luck

Old 09-20-2010, 03:45 AM   #5
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Re: What's going on? Is this what a venous leak feels like?

The thing is venous leak is usually sometimes accompanied with peyronies desease which is why you may be feeling an ache, venous leak is injury to the penis, and peyronies desease is hardening of hte plake when it heals, though its not always the case the two usually go hand in hand,

You need to change doctors because if a doctor is reluctant to send you to a uroligist it is not a doctor I will be seeing, a good doctor would send you straight to the uroligist to better be safe then sorry mentality,

Once you see an urologist, you then should go get whats called a penile ultra sound this will show the venous leakage and position ect and extent of blood flow reduction

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